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Old January 18th, 2019, 03:17 PM
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Reordering Grub preferences

I have a compaq presario desktop preloaded with Win7 to which I later added Linux Mint. I believe it has an i3 processor.

Grub defaults to Linux after about 10 seconds after it appears, which means I have to stand by during the initial booting phase and play around with arrows on a hard wired keyboard to get Windows to load. I'd like it to default to Windows so I can turn the computer on and walk away.

What is the procedure for changing the default setting?
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Old January 26th, 2019, 09:39 PM
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You need to edit GRUB
Take a look at https://www.pcsteps.com/1053-change-...x-mint-ubuntu/

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Old February 1st, 2019, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Ned Seagoon View Post
You need to edit GRUB
Take a look at https://www.pcsteps.com/1053-change-...x-mint-ubuntu/
Thanks for the old college try, but this won't work for me.

I mentioned I wanted my computer to default to Win, but did not say why. Now I do.

It is because Linux Mint does not have a driver for my replacement wifi dongle (the old one fried). I've looked high and low for one, and what seemed like the sole available workaround posted to the Mint forums would take about 6 hours of keyboard work, a programming skill set and typing accuracy about 4 grades above my payscale, and quite frankly, some amount of good luck as it was not an approved solution.

So now I came to the above suggestion so I can avoid Mint, and lo and behold it requires being on line to get the right software, which is a no can do unless I start moving furniture and junk to get hard wire access to the router, and that is just not worth it.

Is there a way to just remove the Grub and start Windows by default without having to go on line? I would delete Mint outright if I could be guaranteed doing so would not affect Windows, but I don't have a lot of confidence in that, and deleting Mint does not affect the Grub anyway (been there, done that) and thus causes hangs on boot up.
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 08:53 AM
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Two relatively simple ways are:

To change the default loading entry, you need to change the GRUB_DEFAULT as given below.

you need to edit /etc/default/grub . To do that,

Execute in the terminal : sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Now change the GRUB_DEFAULT=0 to any entry you wish.

The first entry is 0 , second Entry is 1 and so on..

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After editing, update your grub by executing : sudo update-grub
If you would like to have a graphical interface, you may want to use Grub Customizer: As Tico pointed out, install it by adding the ppa first:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

This tool lets you modify grub rather safely. It allows you to re-order grub's menu entries, set the default entry, and remove an entry, etc.
Or ask how to initiate the wireless network adaptor usually a firmware problem..
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